Saturday, 04 September 2010
“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
- Mahatma Ghandi
“There is something about poverty that smells like death.”
- Zora Neale Hurston
“$500,000 is not a lot of money, particularly if there is no bonus.” -Wall Street compensation consultant James Reda, on February 3, 2009, giving the New York Times a good example of just how totally out of touch the super-rich really are.
I am a bohemian intellectual at heart. I covet no objects other than books. I cherish very few material things. I cherish nothing more than my soul.
Most of my s/heroes were very poor. Malcolm X died broke owning nothing except a used powder blue Oldsmobile. Fannie Lou Hamer struggled with abject poverty in the still horridly impoverished Delta all of her life. A broken and addicted Huey Newton died hustling a miniscule drug deal in an Oakland alley. Harriet Tubman was too busy being a national fugitive freeing rebel slaves to take time to build her personal portfolio…
All of my s/heroes adore poor people. They include felled warriors like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Ella Baker. They include living warriors who stay on the battlefields today like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Janine Phillips Africa, Elaine Brown, Tavis Smiley, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Cornel West.
Millions of blind black Obama Nazis have been so hypocritical in their racist and unconditional worship of President Barack Obama/GWB 2.0. They masochistically demanded that all blacks vote for Obama to prove our blackness. Since his election, they boldly dare to insist that we never demand anything that might make Obama similarly prove his own blackness. They insist that we all suicidally pretend that all political issues are colorblind American issues in a fictionally post-racial America.
I will never play along with such fatal racial delusion! I will never pretend that any of my heroes would ever excuse Obama for his rabid, ruthless, and colorless elitism. I will never feign that global fascism and genocide are cool just because they don blackish masks.
Obama has bilked and duped the rainbow masses of voters who worship and adore him. Obama has robbed their progeny for decades to come. Obama has enabled the amoral rich more than any president before him. More poor people are homeless, jobless, and starving each day.
I loathe Obama for his ruthlessly elitist betrayals and messianic charades. I despise him for his typical politico’s amorality. And, I am certain that every s/hero I admire would hate Obama the politico just as much as I do.
Obama and his ilk hate poor people. All who love poor people MUST call Obama out! Tupac Shakur would call him out. Martin would call him out. Malcolm would call him out. Huey would call him out! And, I will keep calling him out too!
In a recent NPR interview, Dr. Cornel West called Obama out:
“I think that it’s quite telling that [Obama] would give personal responsibility speeches to black people, but not a lot of personal responsibility speeches to Wall Street in terms of execution. And when you actually look at the degree to which issues of accountability for poor people—but where’s the accountability when you’re bailing out these Wall Street elites, $700 billion? That’s socialism for the rich. That’s your policy. Don’t then go to these folk who are locked into dilapidated housing, decrepit school systems, many on their way to a prison-industrial complex, and talk about their fathers didn’t come through. And we know the fathers got problems. We understand that. But there are structural institutional challenges that he’s not hitting, hitting head on.
And I should say this, too, I think, in terms of style, that the Obama administration is obsessed with the wrong Lincoln. They are obsessed with the Lincoln who they think moved to the right and was trying to create bipartisan consensus with conservatives, whereas we know there’s no Lincoln without Frederick Douglass. There’s no Lincoln without Harriet Beecher Stowe. There’s no Lincoln without Wendell Phillips or Charles Sumner. That was a social movement.
Lincoln supported the slave trade when he was in the House. He supported the Fugitive Slave Act. In the first inaugural lecture he gave, he supported the first proposed Thirteenth Amendment, which said there would be slavery forever in America, the unamendable amendment. That was Lincoln. If it were not for the abolitionist movement, the courageous black and white freedom fighters, from John Brown to Douglass, who put pressure on Lincoln, we would have been dealing with a white supremacist Lincoln.
Lincoln became great, because a social movement pushed him against slavery in that regard. And Obama is looking to the wrong Lincoln. And if he doesn’t understand the greatness of Lincoln was responding to the social movements of working people and poor people, he’s going to end up with a failed presidency, with a lot of symbolic gestures, but, on the ground, everyday people, those Sly Stone called “everyday people,” suffering still.”
No one who loves poor people can embrace Obama unless they excuse his glaringly and increasingly elitist sins. Those who coddle and excuse Obama do so only because they are lulled and silenced by a hand covered in blackish skin. I need MUCH more than blackish skin to appease me. I need Obama to sign onto some noble deeds for poor people of all races who voted for him.
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ALL THREE OF THEM ARE CHI TOWN THUGS!!!